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By Joseph Serna | December 24, 2009
Every year after the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, Randy Ressel and his wife, Debra Huse, tell themselves that this was their last year participating. It takes so much time and effort, they said, and after it’s all done, you just want to breathe and relax. And every year, as the next parade appears on the horizon, their irrepressible enthusiasm for the holidays picks up steam. Soon, it’s like a speeding locomotive, and they probably couldn’t stop themselves even if they wanted to. “As time goes on, you get all excited about it,” Huse said.
NEWS
March 26, 2012
Balboa Island residents: Get ready to rock. The annual Balboa Island Parade, organized by the Balboa Island Improvement Assn., returns for the 19th year June 3. This year features a throwback 1950s theme of "Rock Around the Island. " "This year, we wanted to keep it a little more island friendly, more localized, to get more families involved," parade Chairman Jack Callahan said. "We're also trying to get each of the island streets to have a float to create a fun competition between them.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2008
The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has been busy selecting a theme for the 100th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. The winning entry, “100 Years of Christmas Cheer,” was submitted by Corona del Mar residents Jeff and Ellen Derwin. “We are honored to contribute to the success of Newport Beach’s 2008 historic parade,” Derwin said. The Derwins have lived in Corona del Mar for six years, and they enjoy walking out to Lookout Point to see the boat parade each year with their dog, Ethan.
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By Jill Cowan | January 24, 2013
Organizers of the 104th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will celebrate one last hurrah - more specifically, the Last Hurrah - at the event's annual awards dinner and auction Friday night. Topped by a VW surf bus made of LED lights, the 84-foot yacht of that name won the 2012 Sweepstakes - as it has done four out of the five years it's appeared in the parade. Newport resident Rob Meadows, who owns the craft with his family, said doing up the boat with structures covered in more than 50,000 LED lights that move and change color is a months-long endeavor.
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December 18, 2000
Stefanie Frith As they sang along to "Jingle Bell Rock," spectators at the 92nd annual Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade stopped in mid-sentence Sunday night to ooh and ahh as each brightly lighted boat, kayak or yacht passed under the Marine Avenue bridge to Balboa Island. "It's our first year doing this and it is just amazing," said Ralane Clarke of San Carlos, who was accompanied by her husband, Jim, their dog, Angela, and her mother, Lee Stein of Corona del Mar. "My mom said this was the thing to do, and she was right.
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By By Lauren Vane | December 16, 2005
Christmas boat parade commentator Mike Whitehead provides the verbal color -- the boats do the rest -- for spectators at the Balboa Fun Zone. On top of all the sparkling lights and imaginative decorations, this year's Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is topped with something special. For the first time in the parade's 97-year history, spectators are being treated to a live commentary, broadcast from the Balboa Fun Zone on loudspeakers. Veteran boater and radio host Mike Whitehead was chosen as the parade commentator.
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By By Lindsay Sandham | November 11, 2005
Organizers make some changes to Christmastime event, among them an adjusted name, a master of ceremonies, and new rules for participants. With little more than a month before the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, one of the city's largest annual events, the committee in charge of putting together the event is working hard to get things organized. Though the parade is going into its 97th year and has long been a successful event for the city, some changes have been made that organizers hope will make this year's festivities more enjoyable for spectators.
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By Alicia Robinson | May 31, 2006
Members of the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club will be heating up the oil for their annual fish fry this weekend, but they'll also try to light a fire under residents to revive the popular parade that was discontinued 1998. The Lions, with support from the Costa Mesa Community Foundation, want to reinstate the parade as part of the 2007 fish fry. They'll have a booth at this year's event encouraging people to sign petitions supporting the parade or volunteer to help put it together, and the city fire association's fire truck will drive by the fish fry at Lions Park on Saturday with banners about the parade.
NEWS
October 27, 2004
Dane Grace Newport Harbor will be a winter wonderland with a twist this holiday season, thanks to a local resident who added a more coastal-flavored theme to the 96-year-old event. Helen McCarthy of Newport Beach chose "Winter Waterland" as the theme for this year's Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade, Dec. 15 through Dec. 19 in the harbor. "The holidays are so festive," said McCarthy, whose entry was chosen by members of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce out of 45 submissions.
NEWS
December 11, 2000
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- Brett Hemphill doesn't remember who got him hooked on sailing in the first place. Maybe it was because he bugged his parents when he was 8 to sign him up for a sailing course offered by the city's recreation department. Maybe it was the other way around. In either case, the 34-year-old owner of Hemphill's Rugs and Carpets Inc. in Costa Mesa will be chairman of the 92nd annual Christmas Boat Parade. Although it's a "promotion" after a three-year stint as the parade's control chairman, Hemphill said the former position is what gets him going.
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April 19, 2014
Call it a Christmastime pun, an ode to wintertime life on the harbor: "Deck the hulls with bows of jolly. " That's the theme for the 106th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, event officials said in a release Friday. The local person who crafted the words, however, wants to remain anonymous, officials said. The winner will receive a free VIP excursion on one of the leading boats during the parade, whose roughly 100 participants take a nearly 15-mile route around Newport Harbor.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2014
Winners from the 2013 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights will see their efforts recognized at a gala Jan. 24. The event, which features dinner and an auction and is hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, will be at 6 p.m. at the Island Hotel. Tickets are $125. Sponsorships for a table of 10 cost $1,500. Winners for awards such as best lights, best music and best sailboat will receive two complimentary tickets and an invitation to a private champagne reception beforehand.
NEWS
January 3, 2014
Newport Beach residents are being asked to choose new trash bins as the city rolls out what staff has playfully dubbed The 2014 Trash Cart Tour. Sample trash carts will be on view at set times and locations the next two weekends, with city staff on hand to answer questions, according to a news release. The City Council in November voted to outsource the trash pickup to Stanton-based CR&R Waste Services, promising to keep the same level of service. Residents can order as many carts as they want, free of charge.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | December 31, 2013
There's one strict rule in the Smith household - no fewer than 12 hugs a day. And Walter and Barbara are only too happy to adhere to this self-imposed dictum. The couple, both 83, rarely leave their cheerful Newport Beach home without their hands linked. And it's been that way - right down to keeping their arms tightly wound around each other at church - since their first encounter eight years ago on dating website eHarmony. "I was very active - I still am - but I had to come home to an empty house," said Barbara, whose husband succumbed to Alzheimer's disease in 2000.
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By Emily Foxhall and By Emily Foxhall | December 20, 2013
After months of preparation for some, the winners of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and the Christmas Ring of Lights have been declared. More than 30 judges, picked randomly from the community, scored boats in multiple categories, such as best music and best boat under 30 feet, on Wednesday and Thursday nights, said Seymour Beek, chairman of the judging. Seymour said he found himself impressed as soon as the first few boats floated by. "You think, 'Oh, my God, how could anybody outdo that?
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By Emily Foxhall | December 18, 2013
The sun had long set at the bridge to Balboa Island, where 3-year-old Connor Murphy stared off into the harbor, mumbling the words to "Feliz Navidad," which he had recently learned. Off in the distance, the Orange County Sheriff's Department boat approached, spraying water as it led the charge for the 105th annual Newport Beach Christmas boat parade. "Ready?" asked Connor's dad, Bryan. "Santa's boat is coming!" Boats of all sizes -- about 80 in all -- passed one after another by Murphy's perch, casting sparkling reflections onto the dark water.
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By Emily Foxhall | December 17, 2013
By Tuesday morning, Peter Barbour had installed Snoopy's dog house, Charlie Brown's Christmas tree and Linus' blue blanket - all on his 11-foot dinghy. A long to-do list yet remained: Put in place Charlie Brown. Find fluorescent lights. Download music. This decorating of his craft, D25, named for Dec. 25, is an annual labor of love for Barbour, who has been preparing for his 10th year of participation in the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. The event, which starts Wednesday, marks a way to give back to the community, he says.
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By Mike Whitehead | December 13, 2013
Ahoy! Christmas boat parades are underway across the nation, and I hope that everyone has a chance to view a parade. I have the fortune of viewing such events near and far, and this weekend, I will be joining in the Discovery Bay Yacht Club's Christmas Lighted Boat Parade aboard EDGE Motorworks' yacht. This is the final weekend for Dana Point's Boat Parade of Lights, which will cruise the harbor starting at 7:30 p.m. on the 13th and 14th. There are plenty of spots for you to watch from the shoreline.
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By Michael Miller | December 11, 2013
Last year around this time, it was an almost ubiquitous news item in Newport Beach: the proposed boycott of the annual Christmas Boat Parade by residents who opposed a new city-imposed fee hike on their docks. The grass-roots group Stop the Dock Tax asked property owners to keep their vessels and homes dark out of protest. City Councilman Mike Henn used the Daily Pilot's opinion page to denounce the "sensationalized threats. " As the furor escalated, the tourism bureau, Visit Newport Beach, ended up putting out a statement clarifying that the parade would go on as planned.
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By Beau Nicolette | November 14, 2013
When one California Elementary School first-grader started preparing his Halloween costume, he told his mom he wanted to be a superhero. But Kieran Vogel did not want to be a masked nocturnal crime fighter or hammer-wielding mythical god. The 6-year-old wanted to be a superhero like his dad. He wanted to be Donor Man. "I picked it because my daddy was like a superhero," Kieran said, "because he saved like a hundred or something lives....
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